Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The UK has been horribly consistent in shooting itself in the foot, ignoring the bleeding, and accusing the man standing in the next room holding a blunt knife of assault....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    My deepest sympathies to Charlie, and everyone else who has shared stories of recent (or even not-so-recent) bereavements. I will add my voice to the "have honest conversations and be prepared" chorus, but from a slightly different perspective. My wife...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I've been offline all weekend for reasons of various personal significance, but I just want to make some final comments on the NI sub-thread that was rumbling on. Firstly, in the case of how serious the situation (laugh if you...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Un-dropping (briefly) because I've been thinking about your final question: What are the chances of a re-run of the Troubles? The shortest possible answer: Certainly non-zero. Slightly longer: Despite the cessation of action by the major players, the underlying tensions...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Apologies! Noted, and dropped....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I had intended to answer this yesterday, but real life and all that good stuff ... Unfortunately I still don't have the time to really dig into the details. The really REALLY simplistic answer is that the drive towards the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'm just going to throw out there that EC and Martin seem to be violently agreeing (mostly). Like all events of this nature, just about the only people not culpable in the Bloody Sunday massacre were the poor sods who...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I don't actually think the "North" can hold out for much longer Prior to 2016 I would have agreed with this with a high degree of confidence, now, not so much. Unionism that appeals to the middle ground has all...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    And in order to clarify, and avoid making the mistake of generalisation (or upsetting Greg!), I do know that this is just a strain of thought, and not the way that everyone inside the M25 or points South East thinks....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Forty minutes later and I'm still so seethingly angry at JayGee's arrogant ignorance that I'm almost incoherent. (But yes, I do appreciate that there is a strain of arrogance in London/Home Counties English thought that discounts the rest of the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Jesus, the pig ignorant stupidity of this comment beggars belief. Well almost beggars belief, if I hadn't spent my entire life listening to various shades of fuckwit not dissimilar to "JayGee" who appear to have the in depth knowledge of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    While the majority of us in NI find the Derry/Londonderry nomenclature laughable and a subject for jest, I would be cautious in using the term "Six Counties" or "Occupied Six Counties". It is an ideologically freighted term, most often associated...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I shall assume that you are obliquely referring to whether Brexit may be the pebble that precedes the United Ireland landslide. While the lines have shifted, they have shifted less than some would like to imagine. The key thing to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'd just like to take a moment to pointlessly vent that no matter what happens in the rest of the UK regarding Brexit, Northern Ireland will still be in the pocket of a bunch of theocratic bigots who think progress...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    And lets not forget the tendency of many USicans to invest the US constitution with the values of Holy Writ, handed down by infallible forefathers whose boots modern politicians are not fit to lick....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    * Nods - and weeps quietly *...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    It's another category error, isn't it? We think that air travel is about moving masses of people quickly, efficiently and safely from A to B, but really it's a process to extract maximum profit from a captive market....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Occupied Six Counties, if you don't mind! (This is intended as humour for those in the know.)...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Did you or anyone you know in competitive shooting ever have to travel through Northern Irish airport security prior to, say, the mid-90's? I have plenty of experience of the simultaneously very experienced (through painful lessons) and extremely paranoid (army...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Frankly, you’re now being both condescending and disingenuous, while cherry-picking bits out of the middle of my replies to manufacture arguments about. I shall draw a line under my responses....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I would say predictable, but not inevitable (at the time). However, since I continue to live here, it should be clear that I choose to believe in hope in the face of all else....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    In case anyone is still reading this rarified conversation, this article is more detailed and eloquent than I have managed so far, regarding NI and the state of the Good Friday Agreement: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2018/08/01/playing-with-fire-brexit-and-the-decay-of-the-good-friday-agreement/...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Nor is implementing an "Irish Sea border" even as simple as just kicking a different set of hard-liners in the teeth; this will also disrupt trade, travel, and business (less direct impact on communities, as they tend not to straddle...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    As an additional thought: I haven't actually seen many people discussing "violation of the GFA" as some kind of slam-dunk way of stopping Brexit. Any time it comes up is in much the same context Charlie used it here, as...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Again, I'm not sure if you're still missing my larger point, or truly (and incorrectly) don't think it matters (note, this is different to "it shouldn't matter", because that's just "if only" expressed differently, and therefore not relevant): Whether a...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    It's complicated (but you know that already). And you got my underlying point about perception versus reality; which is why I decided that continuing a pedantic debate about the minutiae of the letter of the GFA wasn't particularly constructive....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    1) You seem to have missed the bit where I agreed with you about a hard border not being a violation of the Agreement. 2) You also seem to have missed the larger point I was making (or believe that...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I would also add that we're talking pretty much in pure political terms of impact for a hard border. We can make educated guesses about that based on the text of GFA, and we can make some grim informed predictions...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    So being of poor memory and personally much effected by the Good Friday Agreement, I went back and re-read the whole thing (I used the text here: https://peacemaker.un.org/sites/peacemaker.un.org/files/IE%20GB_980410_Northern%20Ireland%20Agreement.pdf) In strict terms, you are correct: There is no item or text...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A chilling opinion piece from the Irish Times a few weeks ago (may already have been posted here-a-bouts): Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow...
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